Hospital Caterers Association honours industry in National Awards, and announces inaugural winner of 6C’s award

On Thursday 14th April 2016, the Hospital Caterers Association announced the winners of its national awards to over 300 industry guests at their annual Leadership and Development forum.

Five awards were presented on the night by Phil Shelley National Chair and invited guests at the ACC Liverpool. Each award was highly competitive and sought to honour the significant contribution made by healthcare caterers.

Introduced for the first time this year was the HCA’s brand new 6C’s award category which was taken on the night by Paul Coulson of Serco at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust. The 6C’s, represent care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment and was awarded to the team at Serco for its success in professional collaboration and partnership working between clinical, dietetic and catering colleagues.

“Every year the judging gets harder as the standard and volume of entries continue to rise. It was a spectacular night and we were particularly pleased to see so many of our peers coming together in collaboration with others to produce best in class catering services”. Phil Shelley National Chair.

The award winners are:

Caterer of the Year Award – sponsored by Hobart

Liz Hawkshaw, Catering Manager and Trent branch. Sheffield Teaching Hospital

Catering Service of the Year Award – sponsored by ER Moffat

Pamela Mailler: West of Scotland branch, Golden Jubilee Foundation Hospital

6C’s Award – sponsored by the HCA

Paul Coulson: London & South East, Serco/East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service Award

Val Landers, Wales

Chairman’s Choice Award

Northern Branch

Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service Award – Val Landers, Wales

Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service Award – Val Landers, Wales
Catering Service of the Year Award– Golden Jubilee Foundation Hospital
Chairman’s Choice Award – Northern Branch


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Editors notes.

With over 300 million meals served every year and around £500 million spent on food annually by around 300 NHS Trust across approximately 1200 hospitals, the NHS is the UK catering industry’s largest provider of meals.

The aims and objectives of the HCA are the promotion, development and improvement of the standards of catering in hospitals and healthcare establishments in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and elsewhere; the education and training of persons in health care catering services, and the provision and improvement of the professional interests and status of those engaged in health care catering services.

The HCA has 15 branches nationally and a membership of over 400 members.

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